June 7, 2023

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Simon Hole receives parole

Engineer Simon Hull, sentenced to a year in prison for sexual assault and voyeurism, has been granted parole after three months. He now admits to having a “sexual problem”.

The “Simon Hoole case” caused a stir last summer when the engineer received a conditional discharge, a very light sentence, despite the gravity of his crimes. In January, Simon Hoole was sentenced to 12 months in prison, a much-criticized decision overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Simon Hoole sexually assaulted a friend at a party in April 2019. The girl wakes up startled by the light of a device. Simon Hoole introduced his fingers into the victim’s genitals and moved them back and forth. The girl’s camisole was up and her bra was off.

The victim took refuge in the kitchen, but Simon Hoole remained “unrelenting” by photographing her private parts nine times in two locations in the flat. The Court of Appeal heard that Simon Hoole had kept his pictures for a long time and had shown them to a friend, which was an aggravating factor.

After being discharged, Simon Hole violated the terms of his probation by assaulting a woman during a trip to Cuba in the summer of 2022. He was sentenced to community service at the Saint-Jérôme court last month.

In this regard, Simon Hoole explains his gesture towards this woman through her impulsive reaction, advanced state of intoxication and difficulties in interpreting consent, which is indicative of the parole board’s decision.

“According to the update author, these offenses are part of the same behavioral dynamics and support the need for treatment at the sexual level,” the conclusion states.

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The Commission considered a number of unfavorable factors against Simon Hoole, including his excessive drinking, his blatant lack of judgement, his lack of concern for the effects on others and the lasting effects on victims.

Nevertheless, the Commission grants Simon Hoole a preparatory release for parole, the element that prevents the first prison sentence, his progress through treatment and his gestures that he now takes full blame for.

“You admit to all of your inappropriate behavior. You believe you have a sexual problem […] “You associate noncompliance with conditions with relapse to alcohol use,” the commission says.